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Ladies, how do you feel at the thought of planning a girly weekend? It definitely sounds fun - deciding where to go over a bottle of wine and good conversation…
Anyone who’s planned a girly weekend will know that it’s not always as easy as that. Firstly, you’ve got to decide on a destination; finding somewhere everyone’s happy with can leave you not wanting to go at all. Next comes the frustrating task of going through your diaries trying to fit everyone’s hectic schedules together. It’s hard work!
At Winerist we believe that travel should be fun and simple, so to help you along we’ve picked our favourite US wine destinations - California’s Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley.
Sonoma is thought of as the birthplace of winemaking in California, so it has to be on every wine lover’s bucket list. And Napa, with its grand estates, boutique wineries, and quaint, cosy establishments, is one of the most popular wine and food destinations in the world.
Here are our top 5 wine tours and hotels in Sonoma and Napa, especially chosen for you and the girls.
Things to Do
The charming town of Healdsburg is ranked as one of Sonoma’s best destinations for its beauty, character, and world-class food and wine. Visit six one-of-a-kind tasting destinations and unearth the history and culture that make Healdsburg a food and wine lover’s paradise.
For a fun way to discover Sonoma’s sights and wines, get the girls and jump aboard a replica of the original Sonoma Trolley. During the day you’ll visit 4 unique wineries where you can enjoy a wine tasting at each.
Similar to the Sonoma Trolley Tour, but this time you’ll discover all of Napa’s hidden gems while sampling some of the best wines in the region at local wineries.
Join a small, sociable group to discover the most spectacular wineries of the Napa valley. Tour local wineries with a knowledgeable guide and enjoy a delicious picnic lunch in the vineyards.
Napa Valley Private Winery Tour - For a really exclusive and luxury tour of Napa, join our Private Winery Tour. This can be completely customised and our expert guides know Napa inside-out, so let them show you the best of the Valley.
Place to Stay
If luxury and relaxation are what you and your girlfriends enjoy, stay at The Lodge. Indulge in a variety of beauty treatments at the on-site spa and enjoy fresh, local cuisine and an extensive selection of California wines in the bar and bistro.
Cottage Inn & Spa, Sonoma — Pamper yourselves with deep tissue aromatherapy massages, rejuvenation massages and reflexology treatments at the on-site wellness centre. You’ll also get free wine passes for select Sonoma wineries.
Napa Winery Inn — In a quiet country atmosphere, this eco-friendly Napa Valley hotel offers a seasonal outdoor pool and serves a daily hot breakfast. Numerous Napa Valley wineries are within short driving distance too.
This beautiful Victorian-style inn is only a short walk from the center of Napa. Relax in the hot tub with the girls or treat yourself to any one of the spa treatments on offer.
In Southern Napa Valley, The Meritage Resort is just 10-minutes from downtown Napa. Relax in the outdoor pool or enjoy specialised health treatments at the spa. In the evenings enjoy dinner at the Siena Restaurant and toast to friendship at the Meritage Bar.
Now that you’ve got the fundamentals sorted, the only thing left is to find a date that suits everyone… good luck!
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